PhD positions (m/f/d)

Max-Planck-Institute for Physics
Heidelberg, Germany
Closing date
7 Dec 2022

Job Details

The Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics ( is one of 86 research institutes of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science e.V. (MPG). The MPG is an independent, non-profit research organization, which seeks to promote basic research in the service of the general public.

The Division of Stored and Cooled Ions (Director: Prof. Dr. Klaus Blaum) at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik in Heidelberg (Germany) offers several PhD positions (m/f/d) with the aim to develop a PhD project within one of the Penning-trap based experiments at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics – PENTATRAP, ALPHATRAP or He3-Trap. The experiments run in the division “Stored and Cooled Ions” led by Prof. Dr. Klaus Blaum and are supervised by Dr. Sergey Eliseev, Dr. Sven Sturm or Dr. Andreas Mooser, respectively.

Working field/your tasks:

  • Preparation and conduction of measurements of the masses and magnetic moments of various nuclides that are relevant to fundamental physics studies;
  • Further development of the control system in order to adjust it to the requirements of new measurements;
  • Development of new measurement methods that would lead to the improvement of the precision of planned measurements;
  • Data analysis and interpretation of obtained results;
  • Develop and implement techniques for sympathetic laser cooling.


  • Successfully completed study of physics (diploma, Master of Science or equivalent degree);
  • Some knowledge of the programming language Python, EPICS and ComSol simulation software;
  • Familiarity with laboratory equipment as turbo and scroll pumps, cold heads, power supplies, rf generators, oscilloscopes et al.;
  • Other computational skills are welcome.

The candidate will be offered to defend his/her doctoral work at the Heidelberg University (

The contract period is initially limited for 3 years. The positions will be filled at the earliest convenience.

The salary will be paid according to the collective agreement for civil service employees in Germany (TVöD).

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer actively seeking to increase diversity and to create an inclusive environment within its research activities. We celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law. The Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics is a family-friendly employer.

Further information can be obtained from Prof. Dr. Klaus Blaum:

Applicants are encouraged to send a curriculum vitae, a motivation letter, list of grades (Bachelor and Master), list of publications and provide names and contact information for reference persons.

Applications should be uploaded ONLINE with reference # 20-2022.


The Max Planck Institute for Physics is a physics institute in Munich, Germany that specializes in high energy physics and astroparticle physics. It is part of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft and is also known as the Werner Heisenberg Institute, after its first director in its current location.

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